Much to the disdain of Square Enix, who has labored on the game for quite some time, retailers have sold early copies of Final Fantasy 15 ahead of the game's November 29 simultaneous worldwide launch. As a result, the devs promise to do everything they can to block and remove all early and leaked gameplay footage to prevent spoilers.
One of the major milestones for Final Fantasy 15 was ensuring that the game released for every region in the world at the same time, which is an incredible feat for any publisher. Now that the team has not only mastered the final game but also locked down the simultaneous worldwide release, Square Enix is happily looking forward to the game's launch.
Sadly, many retailers in certain regions like the United Arab Emirates are selling early copies of Final Fantasy 15. Game Director Hajime Tabata is asking anyone who has an early copy not to upload footage, and pledges that he will do everything in his power to block the early footage that pops up online:
"We will also do everything in our capacity to prevent unauthorized footage from appearing online. We would also like to ask anybody that has obtained an early copy of the game to be respectful to those that are looking forward to the official release and to not spoil the surprises for everyone," Tabata said in a prepared statement.
Following news of copies of the game going on sale ahead of the release date, Game Director Hajime Tabata issued the following message to the fans:
"The November 29th release date is approaching and I sincerely hope everyone enjoys this game with a fresh state of mind. Unfortunately, there has been an unauthorized distribution of the boxed edition of Final Fantasy XV in select regions and we have noticed that gameplay footage from people playing these copies has appeared online.
"Though this type of situation is brought on by various region specific circumstances and may not be something that is completely avoidable, we are very regretful of this situation.
"One of the major goals of Final Fantasy XV is for everyone to enjoy the story and to discover the surprises together through the simultaneous worldwide release. Due to these recent events, videos with unexpected spoilers could potentially be posted online, so we would like to warn everyone who has been waiting in anticipation for this game.
"We will also do everything in our capacity to prevent unauthorized footage from appearing online. We would also like to ask anybody that has obtained an early copy of the game to be respectful to those that are looking forward to the official release and to not spoil the surprises for everyone.
"A large and dedicated team have worked extremely hard to make this game and to create a Final Fantasy that everyone can enjoy. It would be a huge regret for us if the excitement of the launch was to be spoiled for so many when we are so close to release."Your understanding and cooperation would be much appreciated so we can celebrate the best possible release together."
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Final Fantasy 15 releases in just eight days on November 29, 2016 for Xbox One and PS4.